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David Torres takes on Oscar Leon this Friday in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2007) An excellent lightweight bout has been added to THE ODEUM RUMBLE this Friday night, April 11th as undefeated lightweight prospect David “EL TORRITO” Torres will take on former world title challenger Oscar “EL ARTISTA” Leon, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING..

THE ODEUM RUMBLE will be held at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center which is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Chicago at 1033 N. Villa Avenue in Villa Park and is easily accessible from the Eisenhower expressway in addition to toll roads 355 and 294. Specific directions and further information can be found on their website at www.odeumexpo.com

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions box office at 312-226-5800. Doors will open on the night of the fight at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm.

Said Pesoli about the Torres/Leon scheduled eight rounder, “David Torres is a very good prospect from the Tacoma, Washington area. He’s taking a real step up in competition by coming to Chicago to face a Columbian veteran like Oscar Leon.”

About the rest of the card, Pesoli stated “We’ve got seven terrific fights on this card, from top to bottom. It gives our fans an opportunity to see Luciano Perez who’s a longtime fan favorite in a real tough fight against Carlos Molina. Ivan Popoca and Andrzej Fonfara are both terrific prospects who are continuing to get better each time out.

And we’ve got new faces like Yusaf Mack and Torres along with MMA veteran Terry Martin and newcomer Juan Gonzalez who are making their pro debuts.

Our matchmaker, Jerry Alfano, has done another excellent job in ensuring that our fans get to see competitive, action packed fights.”

Long highly thought of as a top prospect in the Pacific Northwest, Torres comes into the battle with a record of 19-0 with 12 knockouts. The 29 year old is coming off a third round stoppage of Donnell Logan on March 1, 2008. In his only fight in 2007, he won a unanimous decision over lightweight division gatekeeper Robert Frankel on February 17th.

The more experienced Leon, from Cartagena, Columbia, sports a 27-7 record with eighteen knockouts over his twelve year career. In 2003, Leon faced world title holders Derrick Gainer and Chris John in successive battles, losing both by narrow split decisions. The 34 year old has fought in numerous countries including Indonesia, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Turks and Caicos Islands. This will be his first appearance in Chicago.

The full bout card for THE ODEUM RUMBLE is

Luciano Perez vs. Carlos Molina, eight rounds, junior middleweights

Yusaf Mack vs. Oscar Leon, eight rounds, light heavyweights

David Torres vs. Oscar Leon, eight rounds, lightweights

Andrzej Fonfara vs. Manny Castillo, six rounds, middleweights

Ivan Popoca vs. Trenton Titsworth, five rounds, welterweights

Terry Martin vs. Ricardo Upchurch, four rounds, cruiserweights,

Ikem Orji vs. Juan Gonzalez, four rounds, lightweights


Along with 8 Count Productions, THE ODEUM RUMBLE is presented by Miller Lite, TCF Bank and AeroMexico, the premier travel source in Mexico.

The weigh-in for this event will take place at 7pm on Thursday, April 10th at EL JIMADOR, 1600 N. Mannheim Road in Stone Park, just west of Chicago.

The Master of Ceremonies for THE ODEUM RUMBLE will be ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxinggym.com

Article posted on 09.04.2008



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